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Gaston E. "Chip" Small

Assistant Professor
Degree
Ph.D. University of Georgia
Office
Owens 364/Lab: Owens 254
Phone
(651) 962-5166
Fax
651.962.5201
Mail
OWS 352
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul MN 55105

Spring 2014 Courses

Spring 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 490 - 03 Urban Ecosystem Ecology - T - R - 1330 - 1510 OSS 122
CRN: 21310 4 Credit Hours In 1800, there were around 1 billion people on the planet, and only 3% lived in urban areas. Today there are more than 7 billion humans, and more than 50% live in cities. This course explores how matter and energy moves through natural ecosystems, and compare this to how cities function as ecosystems. We will especially focus on how carbon and nutrients enter the city as food, and exit as waste-and how this loop can be partially closed through composting and urban agriculture. We will be reading classic papers in ecosystem ecology and recent studies focusing on urban ecosystems. Teams of students will design and carry out ecosystem experiments using aquaponics systems, and we will conduct study for the City of Minneapolis. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
BIOL 490 - 53 Urban Ecosystem Ecology / Lab - - - R - 0800 - 1200 OWS 268
CRN: 21311 0 Credit Hours The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Online Printable Schedule, View Online Printable Schedule
BIOL 491 - I1 Research - - - - - -
CRN: 23002 4 Credit Hours Same as for BIOL 493 and 494, except that written research paper is not a formal research paper.

Summer 2014 Courses

Summer 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 209 - 02 Biology of Sustainability - T - R - 1525 - 1700 OWS 250
CRN: 41609 4 Credit Hours Influences of humans on the global environment have reached unprecedented levels, increasing the need for society to strive to live in a sustainable manner. Many issues facing the environment have a biological basis. Thus, an understanding of basic biology is necessary to understand and address many environmental issues. This course will cover the fundamental biology involved with five environmental issues at the global scale: climate change, excessive nutrient loading into ecosystems, agricultural production, chemical contaminants, and loss of biodiversity. Specific biological principles to be covered include energy and nutrient mass balance by organisms and ecosystems, homeostasis and organismal physiology, and population dyanmics and conservation biology. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIOL 208
BIOL 209 - 53 Biology of Sustainability/Lab - T - - - 0900 - 1200 OWS 378
CRN: 41613 0 Credit Hours Influences of humans on the global environment have reached unprecedented levels, increasing the need for society to strive to live in a sustainable manner. Many issues facing the environment have a biological basis. Thus, an understanding of basic biology is necessary to understand and address many environmental issues. This course will cover the fundamental biology involved with five environmental issues at the global scale: climate change, excessive nutrient loading into ecosystems, agricultural production, chemical contaminants, and loss of biodiversity. Specific biological principles to be covered include energy and nutrient mass balance by organisms and ecosystems, homeostasis and organismal physiology, and population dyanmics and conservation biology. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIOL 208
BIOL 209 - 58 Biology of Sustainability/Lab - - W - - 0900 - 1200 OWS 378
CRN: 41720 0 Credit Hours Influences of humans on the global environment have reached unprecedented levels, increasing the need for society to strive to live in a sustainable manner. Many issues facing the environment have a biological basis. Thus, an understanding of basic biology is necessary to understand and address many environmental issues. This course will cover the fundamental biology involved with five environmental issues at the global scale: climate change, excessive nutrient loading into ecosystems, agricultural production, chemical contaminants, and loss of biodiversity. Specific biological principles to be covered include energy and nutrient mass balance by organisms and ecosystems, homeostasis and organismal physiology, and population dyanmics and conservation biology. Prerequisite: C- or better in BIOL 208

Professional Interests

  • Application of ecosystem ecology to sustainability science 
  • Human alteration of biogeochemical cycles 
  • Fate of anthropogenic nutrients in aquatic ecosystems 
  • Communicating science to the public